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Dec
2015

History is made in a lot of different ways, and often by people whose names we will never know.
This is a story about one Canadian woman—now almost 93—who participated in the making of history during the dark days of World War II as well as what is being done now, some 70 years later, to recognize the contributions she and thousands of other Canadian women made in the war effort.
The woman is Betty Shuter Oland, a long-time member of the Junior League of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Betty’s story is eloquently told …

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Dec
2015

How do you break through the holiday clutter and still get people to donate to your worthy cause? And how do you use holiday events to raise awareness of your organization’s mission and brand during the busiest time of the year?
Well, we all know about The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle program (launched in San Francisco with a single kettle in 1891 to fund free Christmas dinners for destitute families there). And we all receive many end-of-year solicitations from any number of nonprofits every December.
But, again, how can you break through …

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Nov
2015

Doubtless the most famous friend of Mary Harriman, Eleanor Roosevelt died 53 years ago this month. Her early work with the Junior League of the City of New York helped the shy young woman find her voice, and the work she and other early League members did in the intense poverty of the settlement houses of the Lower East side was her introduction to the public service which became her life’s work.
Three times a first lady, the first U.S. delegate to the newly established United Nations, chair of JFK’s Commission …

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Nov
2013

It’s called Remembrance Day in Canada (and in other Commonwealth countries) and Veteran’s Day in the U.S., but it all comes down to the same thing: the fighting that killed an estimated 10 million soldiers and 7 million civilians in Europe almost a century ago came to an end on November 11, 1918…and the 11th day of November has ever since been a day to commemorate the event.
But the war also took place at a time of greater civic leadership for women and, while they were not combatants, their roles …